A RADIO show run by the 1st Purley & Pangbourne Scouts has been shortlisted for a national radio award.

Thre3-6ix Radio, a 36-hour show set up as an international fundraising opportunity by the 1st Purley and Pangbourne Scouts, has been shortlisted in the annual national Community Radio Awards.

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The ceremony is set to take place in Barry, South Wales on October 26.

The station has made the shortlist, which was whittled down from more than the 425 entries submitted from community radio stations representing communities from every corner of the UK.

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The station has picked up a nomination in the “Digital or RSL Station of the Year” category for its work, which was carried out with the support of Scout Radio.

Chris Hughes, Group Scout Leader and Explorer Scout Leader at 1st Purley & Pangbourne, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Thre3-6ix Radio has been recognised alongside a large number of radio stations doing great work across the UK.”

The concept for Thre3-6ix Radio was developed as a way for 15 Explorer Scouts (ages 14-17) from the villages of Purley and Pangbourne in West Berkshire to raise funds for their international trips in summer 2019 (Project Africa-Uganda, World Scout Jamboree-USA).

Held over the weekend May 10-12 from the Adventure Dolphin centre in Pangbourne, Thre3-6ix Radio became a snapshot of Scouting in the villages of Purley and Pangbourne – and UK-wide - featuring special guests from sport, entertainment, Scouting and the local community.

Chris Hughes added: “Thre3-6ix Radio became an important showcase of Scouting in our local community, especially at a time when we are in need of more adult leaders to help reduce growing waiting lists.

"Thanks to the support of Scout Radio, our Explorers were able to immerse themselves fully into the world of broadcasting with many of them now wanting to pursue a media career.

"Scouting is all about imparting skills for life, and Thre3-6ix Radio has done just that – and more.

"To be shortlisted for a Community Radio Award is just incredible and testament to the hard work of many people to make an audacious concept an audio reality.”

Martin Steers, Community Radio Awards Chair, said: "Now in their third year, the entries are getting better and better, and we’re really able to show off the diverse broadcasting that the countries stations undertake for the benefit of their communities.

"Every year I continue to be proud by the quality of the submissions and what they represent, the fantastic work that our community radio stations do in their communities."